October 11, 2007
WASHINGTON -- Maryland's congressional delegation defended yesterday the process that will move thousands of military jobs to the state as cost-effective and good for the country, after criticism from other states that spawned an oversight hearing. The federal base realignment and closure plan will ultimately save the military millions of dollars, eliminating duplication of services, improving national defense and improving efficiency, said Heather Moeder Molino, deputy chief of staff for Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, a Baltimore County Democrat.
June 15, 2007
Gen. Peter Pace - the first Marine Corps officer to serve as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff - is being precipitously let go. In a surprise announcement last week, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said that General Pace wouldn't be renominated to a second term. Adm. Michael G. Mullen, chief of naval operations, would take over when the general's term expires Sept. 30. As the highly qualified, deeply respected Pace is being ushered out the door, it is reasonable to wonder why. Is it because he was doing a lousy job?
December 2, 2006
WASHINGTON -- Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi picked Texas congressman and former border patrol agent Silvestre Reyes yesterday to be the next chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, ending what had become a distracting fight among Democrats over who should get the key post. Reyes will occupy a key position for Democrats seeking to use their newfound majority status to challenge the Bush administration on a range of national security issues, including conduct of the war in Iraq and the capture and interrogation of terrorism suspects abroad.
October 24, 2005
Gordon Lee, 71, the chubby child actor who played Spanky McFarland's little brother "Porky" in Little Rascals comedies, died Oct. 16 in Minneapolis after battling lung and brain cancer. Mr. Lee played one of the younger members in the Our Gang shorts in the 1930s, appearing in more than 40 of them from 1935 to 1939. The comedies, produced by Hal Roach, became known as The Little Rascals when shown on TV in the 1950s. Among the films Mr. Lee appeared in were Bored of Education, which won the Oscar for best one-reel short subject in 1937.
June 14, 1997
WASHINGTON -- The Senate Armed Services Committee cut funding for Lockheed Martin Corp.'s F-22 fighter plane yesterday in work on the fiscal 1998 defense budget, Sen. Carl Levin said.Levin, a Michigan Democrat and the ranking Democrat on the Armed Services Committee, told reporters the committee also approved funding the Clinton administration requested for McDonnell Douglas Corp.'s F/A-18E/F fighter, and moved to prohibit funding for additional Northrop Grumman Corp. B-2 bombers.Finally, the committee approved a cooperative production arrangement for the U.S. Navy's newest submarines that General Dynamics Corp.
November 7, 1996
PRESIDENT CLINTON, newly re-elected but facing a formidable 10-vote Republican majority in the Senate, is putting together a brand new foreign policy team. Secretary of State Warren Christopher and Secretary of Defense William Perry are leaving. With the world in perpetual crisis or semi-crisis, Mr. Clinton can ill-afford protracted confirmation fights over his nominees to fill these two key posts. If he really wants to work with the GOP opposition, here is where he has to start.Would-be successors at Foggy Bottom and the Pentagon will face hearings before two crusty Republican southerners -- Sen. Jesse Helms, head of the Foreign Relations Committee, and Sen. Strom Thurmond, chairman of the Armed Services Committee.